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Who is eligible for EB-2 NIW?

The EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) is a category of the employment-based visa for individuals who have exceptional abilities in the arts, sciences, or business, or an advanced degree, and whose employment in the United States would greatly benefit the national interest of the country.

To be eligible for the EB-2 NIW, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

Exceptional ability:
The applicant must have exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, which is demonstrated by evidence of a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the field.

Advanced degree:
The applicant must hold an advanced degree or equivalent, which is a master’s or higher degree or a bachelor’s degree plus five years of progressive experience in the field.

National interest:
The applicant must provide evidence that their work will be in the national interest of the United States. This can be demonstrated by showing that their work will improve the US economy, create jobs, improve healthcare, or provide other significant benefits to the country.

Unlike other employment-based visas, the EB-2 NIW allows applicants to self-petition, which means that they do not need a job offer or employer sponsorship to apply.

In addition to meeting these requirements, the applicant must also provide evidence of their exceptional abilities, advanced degree, and the national interest of their work. This evidence can include academic achievements, publications, patents, awards, and letters of recommendation from experts in their field.


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